Excessive sweating is known as ‘hyperhidrosis’. Sweating at the gym feels great. Sweating on a date or at the office? Not so much.
While it’s perfectly normal to get drenched when pumping iron or even at a steamy summer barbecue, growing pit stains during a romantic dinner or sopping palms when shaking hands can be humiliating.
Everyone sweats when it’s hot outside, but people who have hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating to the point that moisture may literally drip from their hands. Hyperhidrosis causes them to sweat profusely or when there’s no reason to.
How can you reduce this sweating and how to keep yourself cool?
Sweating is an indispensable mechanism for a correct temperature control of a living organism. Therefore, more than avoid sweating, we should know the effects of a sweating ineffective.
Normally, your sweat glands produce perspiration that’s carried to the skin’s surface when the air temperature rises, you develop a fever, you’re exercising, or you’re feeling anxious, nervous, or under stress. When those factors are no longer an issue, the nerves that signal sweating are put on hold.
When the outside temperature rises considerably, it is no longer sufficient heat loss through perspiration that allows our body to cool and maintain constant the temperature of the organs at 36/37 ° C
People most at risk are the elderly, children, who makes outdoor sports but also patients who take sedatives or antihistamines because they interfere with the nervous system and prevents the brain to put in place mechanisms of defense against heat .
These are few point to use and Recommendations
1. Wear loose-fitting clothing that will allow air to circulate but protect you from the sun.
2. Avoid direct exposure to the sun. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
3. Make use of deodorants and antiperspirant and sprays.
4. Do not take salt tablets. Salt tablets make dehydration worse because they drain the water from your body.
5. Hydrate. Drink cool water rather than cold water, because the body absorbs cool water faster.
6. Do not drink juices or sodas during exercise, because these drinks contain more than 10% carbohydrates (sugar) and are not absorbed well during exercise. It is okay to drink sports drinks because they usually contain less than 8% carbohydrates, but these can lead to too many calories if you drink too much of them. When it comes to workouts lasting less that 1-1/2 hours, there is no difference between drinking sports drinks and cool water to stay hydrated. Sports drinks do replenish the salt and minerals lost through sweating, although a healthy diet is usually adequate for this.
Hazim Hashim Tahir · Ministry of Science and Technology, Iraq